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"In the past month, many senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. Simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make law. It is to apply the law." - Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Opening Statement at Confirmation Hearing

Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Sen. Arlen Specter
Judge Sonia Sotomayor listened intently in a packed Senate hearing room Monday as lawmakers began confirmation hearings on her appointment as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
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[Sotomayor Profile]

Photos from the Senate chamber.

[Story: Hearings Begin]

Confirmation process could be a partisan platform and a barometer.

[Sotomayor Live Discussion]

Tom Goldstein, cofounder of SCOTUS blog, will be online at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the hearings.